Pam Bucy

File photo. Montana's construction industry needs skilled labor and is going out of its way to get it.

There's a labor shortage in Montana, just ask Bill Fritz.

"If you aren’t working right now, it’s your own fault. Everybody who says they don’t have a job – if you go out and get some training you can pretty much write your own ticket.”

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Montana's economic success in the future hinges on the ability to adapt, collaborate and communicate.

That applies to workers, the companies that employ them and the schools that prepare workers to meet Montana's future workforce demands.

Bill To Raise Montana Minimum Wage Faces Uphill Battle

Jan 21, 2015
Montana Legislature

Today at the Montana Legislature, Democratic Senator Jonathan Windy Boy introduced a bill to raise the state minimum wage from $8.05 to $10.10 an hour.

Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy says the bill is necessary.

“Montana’s average annual wage of $37,575 ranks 47 out of the 50 states.”

Sheena Rice of the Montana Organizing Project says the bill would help those who need it most.

Montana women earn 67 cents on the dollar of what men make, placing us 39th in the country when it comes to the gender pay gap. That fact prompted Governor Steve Bullock to form an Equal Pay for Equal Work task force, and to co-sponsor a summit on equal pay that kicks off tonight, and runs through tomorrow, at Montana State University in Bozeman.
    State Labor commissioner Pam Bucy is co-chair of the equal pay task force and a participant in tomorrow's summit.